Merry Christmas!

Well folks, it’s Christmas Eve. For those of you who celebrate the holiday, you’re probably spending time with family today and tomorrow. I hope you enjoy yourself and have a wonderful Christmas.

I stopped by my local bookstore yesterday that I normally like to shop at and it was a mad house. There was a line at the register that looked like it was 3 miles long and the store was packed full of people besides the people standing in line. This reminds me why I do my Christmas shopping early and avoid doing any Christmas shopping at the last minute. Now, don’t get me wrong, I love shopping at this particular book store. I can browse in there for hours. But when I usually go there, they normally aren’t so packed full of people. I think that if I get any gift cards to the book store that I’m either going to a) buy online from their website and just have it shipped to my house or b) wait until I get my vacation in January to spend them in the store (the kids should be back in school by then).

How about you? Do you do any shopping online or do you shop in the actual store? Do you do a little of both? What about shopping in a small business….do you do any of that for the holidays?

Reading problems…?

Have you ever experienced any problems with reading? It can be anything from your eyes getting too tired to there being too much noise around you. What have you done to alleviate those problems? How well did that work for you?

I tend to read somewhere by myself so that I’m not interrupted by noise or someone trying to talk to me while I read. Reading at home is how I avoid that. You don’t get more comfortable than home. Especially when you’re wrapped up in a nice warm blanket and have a cup of hot chocolate to sip on while you read. Other than that, I can’t think of any problems I have when I read.

Take a look, it’s in a book, a Reading Rainbow!

Did you ever watch the tv show “Reading Rainbow”? Why or why not? What was your favorite thing about the show?

The show started to air in 1983 and ran all the way to 2006 (I had no idea that it aired for that long). LeVar Burton was the host of the show the whole time it aired. I use to watch this show all the time as a kid. I found some pretty neat books through watching this show but I just liked getting lost in the stories they told on the show.

Do you think there should be more shows like this to get kids interested in reading? What other things do you think they can use to get kids interested in reading?

Not like a character

I had previously written an article on books I didn’t like. Here I’m going to write about characters I don’t like, however, this is a little bit different sort of dislike. In this case, the author has written a character well enough to make you feel like you can’t stand this character for one reason or another.

Dolores Umbridge from the Harry Potter series

Dolores is one of the characters that I absolutely can’t stand. Voldemort was the evil villain in that series but at least he was out right evil to your face. Dolores was an evil person who masqueraded as a good person and to me that is much worse. Granted, Voldemort and his henchmen killed plenty of people during the first and second wizarding war. But Dolores was flat out abusive and controlling.

President Coin from the Hunger Games

I know President Snow was the main villain from the series but I think President Coin is worse. She may have thought she was better at the job than Snow, she wasn’t above doing whatever she wanted to….even if it meant killing people.

Viserys Targaryen from the Game of Thrones series

I can’t stand him. He acts like a spoiled brat who throws a temper tantrum when he doesn’t get what he wants or when he thinks something isn’t going his way. He seems like someone stuck in the “terrible twos” stage.

Reading block…?

For those of you out there who like to read like me, have you ever gotten reader’s block? Have you ever gone a certain amount of time where you couldn’t get into reading? What happened that stopped you from reading for that length of time? How long did it take you to get back into reading?

I don’t remember having to stop reading, especially for a long period of time (at least, not in recent years). Now, there might be a day here or there that I am unable to sneak in any reading time because I am sick but those days are usually few and far between. But I’ve never gone several days or longer without reading something. Even when I go on vacation, I usually manage to take my e-reader or some book with me.

Smarter…?

Do you think people who read are smarter than people who don’t read? Why or why not?

I think there are benefits to reading, regardless if you are reading for the fun of it or you’re reading for learning purposes. You can broaden your vocabulary/grammar, learn some valuable lessons from the author, etc. But at the very least, I believe you can keep your mind sharper by reading (especially if you read on a regular basis). What about you?

Have you ever….?

Have you ever been turned off from reading? Why or why not?

I don’t think there was anything that has turned me off of reading. Now, I’ve had books that I’ve lost interest in because they didn’t hold my attention but I’ve never lost interest in reading completely. Even if I wasn’t the fastest reader or the best reader in my class, I still enjoyed reading. It was never a contest to me. I read because I find it entertaining and not to be better than anyone else. It’s like giving your brain a little vacation without having to leave the house (and books are much cheaper than going on an actual vacation).

Is it rude…?

First off, I want to wish a happy Halloween. I hope everyone has a safe and enjoyable holiday, especially for those going trick or treating at some point today.

Now, to the topic at hand. Do you consider reading to be rude rather than interacting with other people around you? Why or why not?

In this day in age, I see people buried in their cell phone all day. So, my question is how can someone accuse a person of being rude to read a book instead of interacting with the people around them when other people bury themselves in their phones? I’ve always been kind of on the shy side so it was always hard for me to interact with others. That may have been something that helped draw me to reading. So, I don’t consider it rude when someone reads instead of interacting with other people….some people are just introverts.

When has a book made you cry?

Has there ever been a book out there that has made you cry? Which book was it? What was it about that book specifically that brought on the tears?

The only thing that I remember crying over was during the Harry Potter series, most notably the latter part of the series when things started getting darker. There were certain deaths that really hit you hard during that series. I understand that there was a “war” going on from about the end of the 4th book till the end of the series and that death is an unfortunate part of that. There were just some deaths that were so unexpected or sudden that you really felt it. I think that is one thing that can make an author a really good one…..when they’ve gotten you so attached to a character that you feel that loss when that particular characters passes away.

5 tips to read more!

In the world today, it can be hard to find more time to read when there is so much to do. Maybe your job demands a lot of your attention or you are very busy with school or you have a family to take care of. There are so many things out there in the world that require your attention so that may leave you with very little time to read.

Set goals….

Set yourself a goal to read a little each day. It can be something small, like you can agree to read maybe one chapter a day before going to bed or spend your commute to/from work reading (as long as you’re not the person driving the vehicle) or maybe you can dedicate the last 5 minutes of your lunch break to reading a portion of whatever book you’re on. Whatever it is, start off small with something that is easily obtainable. Once you get yourself in the habit of reading a certain amount everyday, then you can extend it little by little. Like you can extend it from 1 chapter to 2 chapters or maybe reading the last 10 minutes of your lunch break or whatever.

Choose something you’ll enjoy….

Making time for reading will be easier if you are reading something that you really enjoy. Reading will seem a lot more interesting and fun if you’re reading something that captures and holds your attention, thus making it less like a chore. Also, if you run into something that you don’t like, don’t power through it or force yourself to read it. If you’re not enjoying it, move on to the next one.

Keep a list….

Make a list of books you’d like to read and keep it on you. That way, it will make it easier to choose books to read the next time you’re at your local library or bookstore. If you need help finding books to read, you can find bloggers who can offer suggestions that are to your tastes.

Share……

When you read a book you enjoyed, share it with other readers. They may be able to recommend something to you and you’ll find other books to read.

Quiet time…..

If possible, create a quiet space for you to read in that is free of distractions and too much noise. For example, I have all my books in a spare bedroom of the house. I also have a little loveseat in there as well to relax on when I’m reading. My hubby refers to that spare room as my library.